Expand your horizons and open up new career opportunities by working abroad. It not only allows you to see another part of the world but can provide you with the cross-cultural experience employers are looking for in new employees.
If you are interested in working in the U.S., consult the following sites for visa information.
- Entering the U.S.
This site contains information for Canadians as well as a link to the Directory of Visa Categories. You may also contact the consulates if you have any questions regarding visas.
- J-1 VISA sponsor organizations (J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program)
A list of designated sponsor organizations for J-1 visa. J-1 visa was created by the U.S. government to offer students and young professionals the opportunity to work as an intern (paid or unpaid), or to participate in an educational and cultural program in the USA for a limited period of time. Students who apply for a J-1 through sponsor organizations should be prepared to pay a fee for a J-1 and allow a 6-week delay for processing. Recommended organizations: Cultural Vistas and SWAP (for Canadians)
Work Abroad Job Websites
The following tools provide useful articles as well as job opportunities and work abroad programs.
- MyWorldAbroad (Registration with your McGill email is required)
This is a great resource for students who want to work abroad but not sure where to start their job search. This database provides 400+ work abroad job boards and useful guides. Visit What Do You Want To Do? -> Work Abroad for job resources.
- GoinGlobal (Registration with your McGill email is highly recommended)
If you have a work destination in mind, this is the tool for you. This online database lists 16 million worldwide job and internship listings, 450,000 corporate profiles, country and city career guides, work permit requirements, sample cover letters and resumes, cultural advice, interviewing tips, H1B Visa database for Canadians thinking to work in the USA.
- Work Abroad Job Websites
Links job boards offering working abroad opportunities.
- TIE - The International Educator (E-Newspaper & Job Board)
International teaching jobs posted by schools around the world. To obtain the full access of the job postings, please follow the instruction on this page: Career Databases & Periodicals and look for "TIE - The International Educator" online periodicals.
- GTF Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship Program (National Geographic Society)
The GTF program is a chance for educators to travel and teach abroad for 10 to 17 days. The program runs from April to October. Application opens every November.
If you are looking for a list of schools or work abroad programs, please consult the following resources:
- Work Abroad Program (Verge Magazine)
This site lists over 2,000 work abroad programs and opportunities - Government placements, intern/work aboard programs, international NGOs, and specific sector.
- International Schools Directory (ISS)
This site allows you to find international schools by region.
- Directory of Offshore Schools (CICIC)
This is a directory that lists offshore schools and international education resources. Searchable by location.
No preparation can completely prepare you for another culture, no matter how familiar it seems. Be ready to be flexible and willing to change your expectations.
Health & Safety
The following handouts offer information on safety and healthy travel tips.
- Top Ten Safe and Healthy Travel Tips
- Travel health Notices (Government of Canada) - Information on health risk and advice.
- Pre-Travel Clinic at McGill J.D. MacLean Centre for Tropical Diseases - Vaccination information.
- Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada at Public Health Agency of Canada
- Working and Living Abroad Guides (Government of Canada)
These sites provide Information and advice on situations that may affect travellers' safety and well-being. You can choose a country or destination and learn more about the security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and culture, climate and other useful information.
- Country Travel Advice and Advisories (Travel.gc.ca) - Country-specific information on safety and security.
- EIU Country Reports (The Economist) - Country-specific analysis and forecast information.
- Country Insights (Global Affairs Canada) - Country facts including communication styles and dress code.